These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Contested Sequel: Both Goblin and Wolf are this for Tyler, with opinions all over the place, though they are both still mostly critically well-received, and after the hype died down, Goblin is now held up by most odd future fans as more of a peak for tyler rather than a let down.
Their video for "Oldie." The entire group (or at least most of it) appears in the video, with all the members hanging out and playing around with each other. Everyone is obviously excited to be there, especially Tyler, who dances with Earl at one point and does a weird standing stage-dive at the end. The song itself could also count, especially the final verse — it's Tyler rapping about starting Odd Future and how it is his family.
The dedication at the end of "Oldie" is also pretty heartwarming.
The outpouring of good will for Frank in the wake of his coming out. Hip-hop and R&B took a big step forward.
Listening to Goblin after you listen to Lone makes total sense, as the last words from Lone were death threats, and the first from Goblin were Dr. TC telling Tyler he wouldn't kill anybody.
Growing the Beard: Hodgy Beats. His lone solo album, The Dena Tape, is a painful listen that isn't worth writing home about. His work with Left Brain under the name MellowHype really gave him a chance to grow as an artist and as of November 2010, he's starting to hold his own.
Similar arguments can be made of some of the other rappers in the collective, though they weren't as visible as Hodgy has been. Casey Veggies also grew lyrically after his amicable departure from Odd Future.
Jasper Dolphin, of all people. His earliest recordings are full of nervous giggling and the inability to make anything rhyme. On Tyler's album Goblin, yeah, he's rhyming words with themselves a lot, but he can at least hold his own in some respects.
By the time his verse comes up on Oldie, he actually sounds like he tried really hard to make his 9 bar sound as good as he could make it. it shows that if he got really serious about rapping, he could be pretty fuckin' good.
Earl Sweatshirt. He already had hype way back when he was Sly Tendencies solely for the quality of his wordplay, but compare Earl to the more recent "Chum" and you find an artist who has grown both musically and as a person.
One can also make a case for Tyler on Wolf, especially in the department of production, and, similarly to Earl, his subject matter has also drifted away from Gorn and Black Comedy Rape.
Also, Hodgy's verse on "Jamba" is further evidence of his own improvement.
Domo, on No Idols, his collaboration with producer The Alchemist. Even Pitchfork Media stated that Domo is growing into a gifted technical rapper after its release.
While some critics even felt mixed towards that, nobody disagreed that his verse on "Rusty" from Tyler's Wolf was definitely his best verse yet, and almost even overshadowed Tyler's and Earl's.
Even further is his work with Earl on Doris. His work is steadily growing and he is becoming a respectable rapper.
Taco has vastly improved as a rapper. Compare his contributions in Tina and Swag Me Out to Real Bitch and Trashwang. The difference is jarring. He could become a respectable rapper.
Hilarious in Hindsight: One line delivered by Tyler on Domo's album Rolling Papers, is "Domo smoke, I heard your album sound like some shit a fake Wiz Khalifa papa wrote." Wiz would release his own album titled Rolling Papers only months later.
Ho Yay: In "Domo23", Tyler kisses Lucas to prove that he isn't really homophobic.
Hype Backlash: With them gaining insane amounts of popularity in just a few months, this was bound to happen.
One can actually make the case that the career of a totally unaffiliated rapper—Funk Volume founder Hopsin—was truly kicked off because of a not-entirely-serious diss toward Tyler in his song "Ill Mind 4", where he says Goblin sucks. Hopsin's popularity skyrocketed shortly thereafter. Though, if Tyler ever found out about the diss, he didn't respond on record in any way.
Internet Backdraft: Let's just say that bringing them up on hip-hop message boards can be a very risky proposition.
It's the Same, so It Sucks: A common complaint from music reviewers about The OF Tape Vol. 2 and some of the members' 2012 mixtapes and EPs.
Jerkass Woobie: Tyler, especially on/around the time of Wolf, when he is the most painfully aware and self-conscious about how he is perceived and the possibility becoming a Fallen Creator, still failing to find his father, and his relationships slowly burning out. However, he is still just as loud, obnoxious, and abrasive as ever, and frequently violent and misogynist for laughs.
Keep Circulating the Tapes: Plenty of the group's oldest material has gotten lost after being removed from its original MediaShare and LimeLinx download pages. Did you know The Super 3 produced a song for Blak Tha Map called "Square"? No? Good luck finding it...
"I WISH ODDFUTURETALK FANS WOULD JUST....GIVE IT UP...GIVE UP ON ME...GIVE UP ON LIFE. I'VE HATED THE LOSERS ON OUR FORUMS SINCE DAY 1...BUY MY ALBUM GOLD WHEN IT DROPS" - KING MIKEexplanation Mike G is not fond of semi-official fansite Odd Future Talk.com and tweeted his displeasure. The phrase is now used on the site's forums whenever something particularly stupid happens, which is often.
"EY YO IT'S JASPER, NOT EVEN A RAPPER"explanation said site also has a "vanity house" subforum where members can post their own music. It's often not very good.
Never Live It Down: Criticism of Tyler's previous lyrical content has gotten to the point where pretty much every major paper review of Tyler's third album Wolf doted around the fact that he was still using the word "fag(got)".
Nightmare Fuel: Earl Sweatshirt and Tyler, the Creator have some really dark lyrics.
The end of the She video, which features the most terrifying moment of Breaking the Fourth Wall ever to be put on screen.
Tyler's verse on Window... and the murder of Frank, Domo, Mike G, and Hodgy afterwards...
Painful Rhyme: Early work from people not named Tyler, Earl or Frank had the possibility of containing this trope.
Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Wolf is shaping up to be this for Tyler, along with the other members Growing the Beard on their appearances on it, Earl Growing the Beard even more and releasing new material in 2013, and Frank Ocean's explosion of acclaim following Channel Orange, the whole group is seeming to do this over the course of 2013.
So Okay, It's Average: Some of the members' technical skills often get this criticism from some Rap fans. One of the things that makes them The Scrappy to a lot of communities is their perceived lack of progression, though even on this very page, several of their members are listed under Growing the Beard trope. Their reputation as such seems to be fading as each member grows, though.
Squick: Besides nearly all of Earl's and Tyler's lyrics before 2012, there's Lucas eating a melting ice cream cone and smashing it everywhere in Earl's "Woah" and Tyler infamously eating a cockroach and vomiting in the video for "Yonkers"
What The Hell Casting Agency: Tyler collaborated with The Game on the latter's track "Martians vs. Goblins." Tyler, a goofy alt-rapper, and The Game, a usually dead-serious Gangsta Rap artist, are somewhat of an odd match.